Monthly Archives: July 2014

What Counts Most in Education? Intellect or Interest? Facts or Soul?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In what most surely be the most famous statement by David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core standards, he said that “no one gives a s— what you think or feel.” In…

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Is Progressive Schooling Just Around the Corner? (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Predicting the future, well, is iffy. Except for an occasional Nate Silver who became famous in calling the 2012 election of Barack Obama, more often than not, predictions of…

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Columbia Economist Says Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff Are Wrong About VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Moshe Adler, professor of economics at Columbia University, has emerged as one of the most incisive critics of the work of Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff on Value-added measurement (VAM). In…

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HuffPost: How the Koch Brothers Are Bringing Their Ideas to High School Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The fabulously wealthy Koch brothers have developed a plan to teach their libertarian ideas to high school students. It is sort of like tobacco companies teaching students that smoking is good for you.…

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Mark NAISON: Are Charter Schools the Subprime Mortgages of Today?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mark NAISON, co-founder of the BATs, explains why he thinks that charter schools are the subprime mortgages of our time. The video wa made by videographer Michael Elliott.

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Is Progressive Schooling Just Around the Corner? (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
My record in predictions is, at best, half-wrong and half-right. I have no special powers in looking around the corner. My record in figuring out what is cresting, what…

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FAIRTEST: The Weekly Round-Up on Resistance to Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Parents, educators, students and activists in many communities are using the “quiet” summer months to plan campaigns that will build the assessment reform movement’s power once schools reopen. Across the country, more and…

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Los Angeles: Court Rules that Public Has No Right to Know Job Ratings of Individual Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Remember that the Los Angeles Times released the value-added ratings (made up by their own consultant) with the names of teachers in 2010? ? Recently, the paper sued to get the ratings for…

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Back from vacation to crowdsource a problem with school enrollment

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